A Tour like a Cathedral

The opening time, which will pass through the most monumental corners of the city of Burgos, will allow a good part of the stars of the world squad to enjoy one by one.


The imposing Cathedral of Burgos, which celebrates its eighth centenary, will witness this Saturday the start of one of the Vueltas with the best participation in recent times. The opening time, which will pass through the most monumental corners of the city of Burgos, will allow a good part of the stars of the world squad to enjoy one by one. The last to leave will be Primoz Roglic, whom everyone indicates as a rival to beat after having signed up for the last two editions. The Slovenian, after the disappointment caused by his hard fall in the Tour, arrives convinced of being able to enter the legend with his third consecutive victory in a race that has become the balm with which to appease the troubles he has suffered in the great French. "Cycling is like life, you go up and down, you fall and you get up ...", says the Jumbo star, a cannibal who will try to take his first bite today, however small, in the little more than seven kilometers against the stopwatch, the specialty of which he is the current Olympic champion. Roglic knows that, in an always tight competition and that from the second day he will have bonuses, every second counts in the fight for La Roja, the leader's jersey of the national event.

Just before will come the other great name of this 76th edition and second great contender in the pools, Egan Bernal, whose challenge is also huge. The 2019 Tour and the Giro of this same year shine on his record, and La Vuelta would not only be his second great of the season, but also complete the collection of three-week appointments. The step that he needs to go from figure to eternal runner when he is barely 24 years old. That he gets it in La Vuelta also has its romanticism. "It's a race that Colombians have always been good at," he recalls with a certain flavor of homage to those beetles that shone in the Spanish round on their landing in European cycling. Who would have told the Herrera, Parra and company that more than three decades later a compatriot would be in a position to look down on Europeans and with the ability to share Olympus with the great legends.

Jumbo against Ineos ... and much more

The duel is also extrapolated to their teams. A new confrontation between the Jumbo and the Ineos attractive enough not to miss the loss of Tadej Pogacar, satiated with success after his second Tour, who will not be in charge of the other power, the UAE.

The Dutch formation (Kruijswijk, Kuss, Gesink ...) and the British (Carapaz, Adam Yates, Pidcock ...) come with the best of their squads to tuck in their leaders on a track where the key points seem to be in the mountains ( Picón Blanco appears already on Monday and the third week is brutal with Lagos, Gamoniteiro ...), although surprises could occur on the plain, with windy days that may mark greater differences than the ports.

“But this Vuelta is not going to be a Roglic-Bernal”, the two protagonists agree. "If we did not come to win, we would not be here," say Superman López and Enric Mas from Movistar. While Hugh Carthy, third in the previous edition, believes that he is also "among the favorites." In that group we must add Mikel Landa on his return to the great Spanish, although he asks for patience to get in tune.

It will also depend on all of them that on September 5, in the final time with a finish in another cathedral, that of Santiago, La Vuelta can boast another exciting edition. Of course, there are protagonists and terrain, too. Until public, as long as they comply with sanitary measures. There is nothing lacking to experience a Vuelta as big as a cathedral.

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